Cookeville High School is set to honor the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of World War I Thursday evening.
Senior JROTC Instructor Nicky Philpot says the event will be special for both the veterans and students helping organize the event.
“There’s no greater act of self-service than to put everything on hold and go off and to risk everything to ensure that the country remains safe,” Philpot says. “It adheres to everything we always want our country to be about.”
Philpot says the event will allow the public to honor those who have served in the armed forces.
“Everyone that’s here will be honored based upon their branch of service and their era of service,” Philpot says. “We will recognize all veterans based on those two aspects of their service.”
Philpot says he looks forward to the opportunity of honoring the veterans within the community.
“We’ve got heroes, literally heroes, and I’m not exaggerating that when I use that term,” Philpot says. “We have people all around us that have done things that are just unbelievable and we don’t always get a chance to recognize the greatness that’s right here in front of us.”
The high school will host two events with the first at 5:30 p.m. and the second 7:30 p.m. State Senator Paul Bailey is the guest speaker for the evening’s event.